Agency: William Gibson

Many readers will come away from this thinking it is pure science fiction, not recognizing how close it is reality; most of the “fiction” in there is already theorized, if not achieved.

I’m not sure why Gibson doesn’t get the laurels he deserves. A major SF voice. I did find the jumping back and forth between characters in different “stubs” confusing, especially the minor characters.

The best parts are in the beginning, when UNISS (Eunice) plays more of a part. Looking forward to reading the companion work, PERIPHERAL.

Persepolis Rising: James S.A. Corey

It’s a bold move by the authors to set this, their next book, thirty years into the future past the last book.

Somehow, the main characters don’t seem to have changed much, even if the universe around them has.

I love this series so much I’ve delayed reading the newer books so I can stretch the series out and savour it.

The problem with liking an artists work so much is that you sometimes expect too much from the next work. It’s only after you go back and re-read it that you realize it’s just as good.

I suspect this will be the case with Persepolis Rising, as well. Not my favourite book in the series, but still damn good and well above the last one.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Philip K Dick

Dick is a legend, largely unknown and unappreciated in this time, writing over 30 novels and even more short stories. Many have been adapted into some of the most popular movies and TV shows of our time, including “Total Recall” and “Minority Report.”

This one is the inspiration for Blade Runner. It’s one of the few times I’ve liked the video version better than the written one.

The Vital Abyss: James SA Corey

hmmm….the least readable of Corey’s Expanse series. This one, a novella, 5.5 in the series, covers the incarceration of the team responsible for the protomolecule.

Despite the usual quality writing, if I hadn’t been deep into the series, I would have found it of little to no interest as a stand alone.

Leviathan Wakes: James SA Corey

James SA Corey is the nom de plume of two writers, one of whom is George RR Martin’s assistant. It’s set in the near future, as man starts to populate and mine the other planets and asteroids in our solar system, resulting in the fractioning and division of the human race.

SF The writing is sharp and fresh, the characters compelling. I’d like the book even more if it were as good as the amazing TV series based on the books. I don’t often get to say that.

47: Walter Mosley

Mosley is one of my favourite authors. He seldom tells a story that isn’t about social inequity and man’s inhumanity to man. But he never forgets the story, which rises above all. Combined with memorable characters and a fine flourish in manipulating the English language, he is almost always worth reading.

This one is a melange, YA with historical fiction, the supernatural, aliens and love in many forms.

Nancy Kress: Beggars in Spain

I’ve always admired Nancy Kress’ columns in Writer’s Digest. This is the first book of hers I’ve read.

And it’s really, really good! Set in the future where gene modification allows a select group of people not to need sleep, they find that they also become super intelligent and never age.

Society struggles to accommodate this new “species” and conflict ensues.

Good read! Part of a trilogy, so I’m looking forward to the next two.